Have a Non-Compete Agreement Violation Attorney in Los Angeles Review Your Documents
If you have lived or worked in multiple states during the course of your career, you are probably familiar with non-compete agreements in the workplace. In many states, employers are allowed to require new employees to sign a non-competition agreement before being officially hired. These agreements protect employers by preventing employees from divulging trade secrets, sharing information, or working for a competing firm in the future.
While they are legal in many states, they are strictly prohibited in the state of California. If you have been forced into signing a non-compete agreement or believe you have been discriminated against for not signing a non-compete agreement, you have the right to pursue legal action. At Mann & Elias, our trusted Los Angeles employment lawyers are well-versed in handling dispute cases.
WHAT IS A NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT?
A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employee and an employer, which is signed by an employee that results in them agreeing not to establish a competing business or work for a competitor after a period of time once the employment relationship ends. A non-compete agreement is essentially a contract that is to prevent competition with the employer.
There are several types of private information that can potentially be exposed, which is why non-compete agreements exist. Here is a list:
Here is a list of private information that can potentially be disclosed:
- Upcoming projects
- Marketing tactics
COMMON RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS IN BUSINESS CONTRACTS
Over time, business contracts have become more complex. This is especially true when businesses want to restrict employees from disclosing various details about the business or working for competitors. In these instances, employees who have signed a contract with their employer will find these contracts contain restrictive agreements or restrictive covenants.
These kinds of contracts are not only complex, but can leave employees confused. There are many common restrictive covenants in business contracts that you should be aware of, including non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and more. Learn more about the common restrictive covenants in business contracts that many employers use.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT?
From an employer’s point of view, a non-compete agreement is a form of protection that limits potential competition from those with an intimate understanding of how its business works and operates. While this is a completely justified reason for requiring a non-compete agreement, there are also restrictions that inhibit individuals from the right to make a living in the future. In many non-compete agreements, employees are prohibited from working for or starting a company in the same industry in future years. It is for this reason that many states outlaw non-compete agreements. California is one of those states.
NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS ILLEGAL IN LOS ANGELES AND CALIFORNIA
While many states allow ‘reasonable’ non-compete agreements, California completely disallows them, no matter how well-intended they may be. If you have been fired for refusing to sign a non-compete agreement, you have been wrongfully terminated. Damages could include lost wages and punitive costs. It is also unlawful for a new employer to deny or fire you because an old employer claims you are restricted under a non-compete agreement.
DIFFERENT WAYS THAT YOU CAN CHALLENGE A NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT
There are several ways that you can challenge a non-compete agreement,as they are governed by state law. The court will weigh all the evidence and contributing factors before deciding if the agreement is valid. We provide four different legal tactics that allow a lawyer to challenge the validity of the agreement on your behalf. A few examples are:
- Proving your employer was dishonest toward customers
- Proving your employer engaged in illegal business
- Providing your contract and go over the terms, to prove no violations were made
- Proving the employers terms were too general
- Proving that you signed under false pretenses
If your employment status has been negatively affected as a result of a non-compete agreement in California, you have the right to damages. Contact a Los Angeles lawyer for non-compete agreements as soon as possible to begin the process of regaining your legal rights.
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